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The BP Spill, litigation, and health dangers from Pesticides




Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Patti Goldman, Earth Justice, on the BP Spill, Dispersant Chemicals, and Risks from Pesticides

See: Litigant, Gulf Restoration Network, at www.earthjustice.org

Talk Nation Radio for June 2, 2010
The BP Spill, litigation, and health dangers from Pesticides

Interview with Patti Goldman, Patti Goldman is Vice President for Litigation, at Earth Justice Environmental Law

Plus ADHD and other Affects from Pesticides

In this report: Corexit, BP, Oil Spill, Earth Justice, link between pesticides with organophosphates and ADHD, pesticide drift, roadside spraying, government ties between oil companies like BP, and companies that profit from manufacturing pesticides.

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Patti Goldman,Vice President of Litigation at Earth Justice Environmental Law, joins us to talk about litigation involving British Petroleum, BP. Earth Justice filed a Freedom of Information Act request on Friday, May 29, 2010, seeking the full contents of the Corexit chemical dispersant being poured into the Gulf of Mexico by BP. The manufacturer, Nalco, and BP, have not made all of the ingredients in Corexit public, but has released the information that it may contain soap products and/or stain blocker chemicals in Corexit.

The chemical is supposed to break up the oil that has been destroyed fishing along LouisianaĆ¢s coast. Yet, some scientists worry that it may be more dangerous over the long run than the oil itself. Concerns have also been raised that the dispersant chemical has sent the oil much further into the ocean surrounding the Gulf of Mexico. Presently, the oil is moving toward the Florida coast.

BP is under criminal investigation by the US Justice Dept., and its not the first time. After a spill in Prudhoe bay in 2006 because of pipeline corrosion, and a faulty shut down valve, the company was fined put on probation for three years. A year later 15 workers died and 170 were injured in an explosion linked to safety violations at a BP facility in Texas, again BP was placed on probation. You can read more about the history at Truthout.org in a May story by Jason Leopold.

Patti Goldman has also been working on a longer standing crisis created by the massive use of pesticides throughout America. Old data showed them to be dangerous to neurological systems, a new study showed the presence of markers for organophosphates in the urine of children with ADHD.

As a litigator, she has concentrated on safeguarding ancient forests, salmon, and water quality; preventing risks from pesticides; and the threat international trade institutions pose to environmental protections. Patti's work at Earthjustice was instrumental in preserving and extending protections for Northwest national forests by thwarting Bush administration attempts to roll back federal laws. She's gone up against chemical companies seeking to keep hazardous pesticides on the market and against international trade institutions, like the WTO, that threaten to undermine environmental protection. Some of her sweetest victories have occurred when litigation has remedied injustices to farmworkers poisoned by pesticides and to Indian tribes whose way of life is threatened by poor stewardship of our environment. In 2007, she was given the woman of the year award by the Seattle University Women's Law Caucus. She has been named a Superlawyer by Washington Law and Politics since 2006.

Related to this program: The University of Connecticut has strong ties to Monstanto. Thus, when we learned that state residents were using the site to decide on which herbicides/pesticides to select for home and business use we contacted them. We were given detailed, lengthy, verbal instructions, on how to click many 'tabs' on their web page to locate safety requirements. Clearly, their disclaimer that the school does not endorse use merely because they list all of these products is not working.


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